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The Urban Ecology Center invites you to join us as we explore the amazing Biodiversity and unique cultural history of the Republic of Costa Rica from Jan 2-12, 2015. With the largest percentage of protected areas of any country and plans to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021, the New Economics Foundation rated Costa Rica as the Greenest Country in the world.
Your tour guides are Manager of Research and Citizen Science Tim Vargo and Carlos Chavarria, the Director of Costa Rica Rainforest Experience. Carlos has lived his whole life in Costa Rica, but is an avid Packers fan, and was formerly the Executive Director of La Tirimbina Rainforest Center. Tim has spent several years living in and doing research in Costa Rica, and has guided three previous Center trips there.
This 11-day, 10-night excursion begins at La Fortuna alongside the Arenal Volcano with a chance to relax in natural hot springs and sample chocolate that you will have made. We will then travel to the Tarcoles River with its giant crocodiles and unique birds (Royal Flycatcher, Pygmy Kingfisher) and Marino Bellena National Park to look for migrating Humpback Whales.
We will also visit the Esferas Archeological Site (a World Heritage site) with its monumental stone spheres and artifacts, Sierpe, the country's largest wetland and Corcovado National Park, which National Geographic declared "The most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity".
We wrap up the excursion with visits to the Wilson Botanical Gardens and its magnificent collection of tropical plants, the Las Cruces Biological Station, one of the most important areas of endemism in the Tropics and Los Quetzales National Park, home of the Resplendant Quetzal.
Cost: The price for this 11-day trip is $2,200 for double occupancy ($2,500 single) and includes all lodging, meals, local transportation and the exit Visa. This price does not include airfare and travel insurance.
This trip is a unique way to explore the natural and cultural history of a progressive country and your participation supports Urban Ecology Center programming. We hope you will join us!